Security Habits of Effective PC Users.


7 security habits of highly effective PC users

You might not think about it when you’re browsing the web, shopping online and interacting on social media, but you are the first line of defense against cyber security risks. The power to be safe is in your hands and at your fingertips. Developing and maintaining good habits can make online activity much safer and more enjoyable for you and your colleagues.
Here are a number of good habits take only minutes to learn and are easy enough to incorporate into your daily work life.
Create strong passwords
Passwords are usually the first, and sometimes only, protection against unauthorized access. They are the keys to your online kingdom, so keep these guidelines in mind.


#hashtags 101

It’s a simple symbol: two lines intersecting two lines. It’s been called the number sign, the pound sign and the hash mark. It’s used for different purposes in linguistics, mathematics and computing. Of course, we’re talking about the # symbol. It’s a simple sign, but one with growing influence.
Today, the # symbol is used to create “hashtags” in social media posts on sites like Twitter and Facebook. A hashtag is the # symbol followed by a word or phrase.
Hashtags create a system for grouping messages and allow social media users to see content, such as tweets, from people they do not follow. If you search #cats on Twitter, you’ll see cat content from around the world—and there is a lot of it.
Exploring topics using hashtags is simple. On Facebook and Twitter, hashtags are clickable—so you just have to select the hashtag within a post to view more about that topic. You can also search using hashtags (as opposed to traditional keywords), but there is a difference between keyword and hashtag queries. A hashtag is usually written without spacing and might not contain normal words. That means searches for “#ILoveCats” and “I love cats” will generate different results.
When you use hashtags, you’re more than simply sending a message into a larger pool for others to see; you are joining a conversation. Whether referring to sporting events, political affairs or breaking news, your voice can be heard.


Pros and Cons of using Multiple Monitors


As personal computers become faster and more powerful, the number of programs you can run simultaneously has increased. What this means is that multitasking has become the norm.

Many of us have spent time toggling back and forth between open programs to get work done, but there are more efficient ways to work. Setting up multiple monitors is an easy—and surprisingly affordable—way to view different applications at the same time.

The pros and cons of using multiple monitors

You’d be surprised by the amount of time you spend switching between applications. Multiple monitors can help make work more efficient, but this solution is not for everyone.


  • Increase productivity—viewing multiple applications on one screen can break visual continuity and decrease your productivity. For example, setting up two monitors allows you to keep your email open on one screen while working on a presentation or spreadsheet on the other screen, avoiding the need to toggle away from the presentation just to read a new email.
  • Not just for desktops—setting up an additional monitor to your notebook allows you to utilize a greater viewing area, while still having the flexibility to be able to pack up your notebook when you need to work elsewhere.
  • More ergonomic—limiting the number of clicks and scrolls you have to make between applications creates a more comfortable work environment.
  • Use less paper—if you can see more documents on your screen, you’ll be less likely to print and throw away paper.
  • Easy to add-on—many of the latest HP commercial monitors have multiple input ports—including VGA, DVI-D, USB, and DisplayPort—for connecting to a desktop or notebook PC. Optional HP accessories open up even more connectivity avenues.


Troubleshooting Tips for Wireless Printers



Technology is supposed to make life easier—which makes it that much more of a headache when it doesn’t work.

Take wireless printers: they make it simple and affordable to produce high-quality documents from all your devices—laptop, phone, tablet, etc.—without the tangle of cords and cables that make traditional printer networks such a pain in the neck. But connectivity problems can result in hours of wasted time—and mountains of unwanted stress.


Are you wasting money on Printing?

Editors note: Although this article is Hewlett Packard centric, it makes many good points regarding better managing printers within your organization.  The Computing Center manages hundreds of printers for many different companies. We can help you better manage your printers and save you money regardless of printer manufacturer.
Office printers are a staple of any workplace. We plug them in, connect them to our network, send files to be printed and alert the IT department if anything goes wrong. It seems simple enough, but it’s likely that you’re not giving your printing methods and devices the attention they deserve. In fact, failing to manage your office printing could be costing your business dearly.
Without closely managing your print services, your business could be committing costly printing blunders and not even know it. The following are common ways that unmanaged printing could be bringing your business down.
No print strategy
Have you taken the time to devise a strategy that optimizes printing in your office? If not, you could be wasting valuable time and money. Implementing a print strategy will help you gain an understanding of the connections between costs, controls and solutions that will benefit your business. It’s important to carefully assess your print environment and gather information from all of your devices. Then, figure out which solutions will best assist in implementing your overall strategy.


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